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Click on the suitcase for a printable template. Here you can record your packing list ideas. 

 

With my departure quickly approaching, I could really use your help finalizing my packing list.

What items should I pack for a         polar expedition?

  • What items are essential?                     
  • What items would be nice to have?

 

 

Keep in mind that Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest, and most remote place on earth. No one permanently lives on the continent. Since there are no Walmart or Target stores nearby, I need to be extra careful to pack all the essentials for my six week adventure. Please share your ideas by responding to this blog post!

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Polar Packing Challenge — 23 Comments

  1. Kindergarten student #1 answers to Packing challenge:

    fishing rod
    flashlight
    clothes
    snacks
    toys
    books
    mirror
    toothbrush
    jacket
    gloves
    hat
    journals
    pencils

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    • Hello kindergarteners!

      Thank you for helping me finalize my packing list. You have made really good suggestions. I especially like your idea of bringing a pencil and a journal. It is so important to record our experiences using words and pictures. This way I can better share them with you too!

      Keep up the great work.

  2. First grader answer to packing challenge: (Juna)
    suitcase
    food
    tent
    sleeping bag
    water
    first aid kit
    phone
    coat
    snow pants
    clothes

    • Hello First Graders,

      Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list. I especially like your idea to pack a first aid kit. I’ll be pretty far away from home, so I will want to be prepared for any bumps, scrapes, and bruises along the way. Thanks for helping me to stay healthy for the expedition.

      Keep up the great work.

  3. Colin, first grade, packing list:
    a coat
    a pocket knife
    some food
    a blanket
    a bag
    a pineapple
    I pad
    pillow
    a water bottle
    tissues

    • Hello First Graders!

      Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list. I especially like your idea to bring a water bottle. Did you know that Antarctica is actually considered the largest desert in the world? Even though the continent is covered with ice, it is a very dry place to visit. Therefore, I must stay as hydrated as possible. Thanks for helping me stay healthy during my travels.

      Keep up the great work!

    • Hello Kindergarteners,

      Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list. You have made some great suggestions here. I especially like your idea to pack extra snacks. Since Antarctica is very remote (with no stores to buy things), I must pack some snacks to eat until I reach Palmer Station. What a great way to help me stay healthy for the expedition.

      Keep up the great work!

  4. Soren’s packing list (second grade)
    .Sleeping bag
    .Pocket knife
    .food!!!
    .tent
    .coat
    mittens
    boots
    hat
    computer
    water
    charger
    clothes
    pillow
    camera
    firstaid kit

    • Hello Second Graders!

      Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list. You have made some great suggestions here. I especially like your idea of packing a camera. Since very few people have the opportunity to visit Antarctica, it’s important to record our experiences for others. Scientists use photography to help learn new things about an environment. Plus – I can share the photos with remarkable people – like you!

      Keep up the great work!

  5. Turner’s packing list, First grade:
    fishing rod
    snacks
    knife
    medicine
    clothes
    Finger scooter
    First aid kit
    phone
    IPad
    Pillow
    IPad charger

    • Hello First Graders!

      Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list. You have made some great suggestions here. I especially like your idea of packing a phone. Although my cell phone will not work from Antarctica, you have reminded me to pack a calling card. when I am at the station, I can call my family using the calling card and the phones provided.

      Keep up the great work!

  6. First Grade answer to challenge:(Aslyn)
    suitcase
    sleeping bag
    clothes
    shoes
    snacks
    fishing rod
    medicine
    ice skates
    socks
    snow clothes
    toys
    passport
    rain jacket
    first aid kit

  7. Dear First Graders,

    Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list. You have made great recommendations, here. I especially appreciate the reminder to pack my passport. Without it, I would not be able to travel to Antarctica – since I must travel through the country of Chile first. Can you find Chile on a world map? It is a very long country along the edge of South America. I appreciate your help with packing an essential item!

    Keep up the great work!

  8. Dear Natalie,
    The kids were absolutely thrilled to hear from you. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer each one! We are beginning our study of Antarctica. We are choosing animals to research. Our research project will include a sculpture, a habitat, and a poster. I will take pictures to send you if you want. Have you seen any of the following animals?

    leopard seal
    wandering albatross
    blue eyed shag
    southern elephant seal
    emperor penguin
    blue whale
    arctic tern
    walrus

    Are there any other animals we should consider researching? We can change our animals if there are more interesting ones to look at.
    We are looking forward to hearing from you again.
    Thanks.
    Gay Paxton

    • I can’t wait to hear more about your Antarctic research projects! Any photos you can share would be greatly appreciated. As far as your list, I have personally seen leopard seals, blue eyed shags, elephant seals, and terns during my time here at Palmer Station.

      When I was in transit to Palmer via the LMG icebreaker, I spotted some subantarctic (the warmer region above Antarctica) animals, such as the wandering albatross. Unfortunately, walruses only live in the Northern hemisphere.

      I have consulted with various Palmer research teams to create this list of Antarctic animals for your class. We look forward to hearing more about your students’ research projects!

      Marine animals:

      Whales- humpback, fin, minke, orca, blue, and southern right

      Seals- crabeater, weddell, fur, elephant, and leopard

      Sea Birds- chinstrap, gentoo, adelie, and macaroni penguins

      Other Sea Birds- Giant petral, terns, sheathbill, skuas, and kelp gulls

      Terrestrial Animals: Belgica antarctica (known as the wingless fly! – the namesake of this website)

      Note: There are also mites and springtails that live on the continent. I don’t recommend your students researching them, only because very little is known about them in the scientific literature.

      Good luck!

  9. Joah’s packing list, first grade:
    Knife
    chainsaw
    snacks
    medicine
    clothes
    handkerchief
    first aid kit
    Tech-deck
    phone
    phone charger
    water

    • Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list! I especially like your idea of bringing handkerchiefs. I find handkerchiefs to be very “versatile” when I travel – especially to extreme places. Since there are no stores on the continent, I can use handkerchiefs in many ways while keeping my luggage light. How would use consider using a handkerchief?

      Keep up the good work!

  10. Lliam’s packing list, second grade:
    sleeping bag
    pockit knife
    snacks
    blanket
    pillow
    flash light
    clothes
    jacket
    journal
    special book
    tent
    guide book

    • Hello Second Graders!

      Thank you for helping me finalize my polar packing list! These all all great suggestions. I especially like your idea of packing a special book. It will take 8 – 10 days to travel to Palmer Station, Antarctica. It is actually quicker to travel to the moon than to this region of the continent (via a research vessel)! A special book would really help me pass the time along the way.

      Keep up the good work!

  11. We are glad to be following your journey! We are a group of students from the state of Georgia.

    Heavy duty jacket
    Thermal clothes for warmth
    Earmuffs
    Gloves
    Good hiking shoes
    Socks
    Pocket knife
    A carrot to make a snowman
    Firestarter
    Camera
    Journal
    Pen
    Pillow
    Blankets
    Sleep mask for long sunny days
    Snacks

  12. Welcome, Georgian students! Thank you for following our polar adventures. I’m very impressed by your thoughtful list of items, especially the sleep mask. Since it is summertime in the Antarctic, the sleep mask would help me get a good night’s sleep despite the long daylight hours.

    Keep up the great work!

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